CM Punk: WWE stars want to try MMA

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Former WWE Champion, Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks has said that he isn't the only person in the WWE locker room who's considered a move to MMA.

The Chicago native made the sensational move last year, after being released from his WWE contract following several disputes with Vince McMahon, Triple H and other members of the organisation.

However, Brooks says that there are many other wrestlers who have uninhibited UFC dreams.

Money is the big factor stopping most

Brooks told Foxsports.com that: "There's a lot of guys in pro wrestling that just kind of have this MMA fantasy and they never act on it. I'm acting on it. I don't want to be one of those guys who sits there and goes, 'I could have done that or I should have done that.' I can, so I'm doing it."

Ever one to give anything a go and not let anything get in the way of his passions, Punk says others aren't as free willed and when it comes to money, that's the stopping point for most.

"A lot of guys say it," Brooks continued. "I think The Undertaker said it, I think there's a ton of guys out there, if the money was different in the '90s, they would have done it."

The mention of Undertaker and wanting to try MMA isn't something that's breaking news.

He's been seen at many UFC events in the past and once famously got into it verbally a little with Brock Lesnar after the latter had just fought.

There's also others like The Rock who've shown an interest in the growing sport, you only have to look towards his work with Ronda Rousey at last weekend's Wrestlemania 31.

Rock brought Rousey into the ring where they had a showdown with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and while it ended as just a little back and forth, it's led to speculation that WWE want to make that a match for next year's Wrestlemania.

Others have tried and failed to make the switch

It's not just Punk or Lesnar that have had a go at an MMA career though. Former ECW champion Bobby Lashley fights in Bellator, but still makes appearances in TNA as well, where he's a former TNA Heavyweight champion.

Then there's Batista. The wrestler turned actor, dabbled briefly in MMA back in 2012.

He competed in the heavyweight division for CES and beat journeyman Vince Lucero via first round TKO in his first and only fight.

There are a few wrestlers at the moment who have legit fighting backgrounds like Wade Barrett, a former bareknuckle boxer, and Jack Swagger, a former collegiate wrestler.

It wouldn't surprise many if they ever decided to take it to the octagon but with lucrative contracts, it's unlikely that the two will ever make the transition.

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